Could you be your own boss?
Now there’s an idea
If you’re interested in exploring whether your ideas can grow into a great business, then Outset can help!
Outset is delighted to announce the arrival of SME Competitiveness, a brand-new business support programme covering Swindon & Wiltshire. Designed to help the region’s entrepreneurial community from pre start-up to those SMEs with ambitious growth plans.
Working alongside partners from the Swindon & Wiltshire LEP, SetSquared, Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council, Outset will deliver this exciting European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supported programme.
The programme will have three key elements
- Pre-start and start-up support
- Growth and scale-up support
- Support for individuals being made redundant from Honda that wish to start a business
Our programme is designed to help you
- Develop your ideas
- Build your confidence and skills
- Learn to run your own business
We know how daunting the idea of working for yourself and managing your own business can be. Our goal is not to baffle you with jargon, but rather to ensure that you have all the support you need for every stage of your business journey, from developing the first stages of your idea through to planning and launching your business, and beyond. Plus, as national delivery partners for the Government’s Start-Up Loan service, through Outset Finance, we can help you to source finance to help your business start-up and grow.
What we do
Introduction to Enterprise:
Covers the fundamentals of setting up your business by helping you understand how to test the market, think of who your customers are, and where to sell. By the end of these sessions you will have completed all the basic learning to help you create a business plan for your new start-up.
Business Start Up:
A range of sessions on specific essential topics, such as social media; website design; start-up finance; and many more. As well as 1-2-1 support with your advisor to tackle your individual needs and challenges to develop a successful business.
Our excellent online platform is full of great content and exercises to work through in your own time. We also facilitate networking communities on here so that you can communicate with those you have met in workshops, and other entrepreneurs nationally… A fantastic way to build a network of like-minded people.
Financing the start or growth of a business can be a challenge, but our sister service, Outset Finance, is a national delivery partner for the government’s Start Up Loan programme. The Outset Finance team will guide you through the application process and provide post-loan mentoring.
Outset has a range of support on offer for all stages of developing your business idea. Before you book onto any of the free workshops, we suggest you attend an information session, where you find out which route is going to be most effective for you and your new business.
Check out our upcoming events and workshops.